Just so you know, my husband is making me ask this question.

@Amstardam (1348)
United States
July 8, 2007 1:04am CST
Okay, so he's not making me but he was kinda offended when I said I wouldn't ask it. So here it goes: why are hamburgers called hamburgers if there isn't any ham in them?
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• United States
8 Jul 07
Amstardam tell your hubby he got my curiosity going and I looke it up. I'll give you the link http://whatscookingamerica.net/History/HamburgerHistory.htm It has to do with Hamburg, Germany, and salted steak. It's really long so I really can't get it posted on here. If you like history you'll like the site.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
8 Jul 07
Thank you! I'll make my husband sit down and read it! He loves history!
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@Inky261 (2524)
• Germany
8 Jul 07
The hamburger is called hamburger because it was brought to the States by immigrants from Hamburg, Germany. It was called a hamburger steak. Ground meat patties were and are very popular in Germany. Centuries ago they were called steak tartare. But generally they are half beef and half pork patties with breadcrumbs and egg, well seasoned. So somewhen in New York they overtook the method and used beef.
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
8 Jul 07
wow! I just read him the answer. Leave it to us Americans to change things and say we created it. Oy!
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@anirc750310 (3424)
• Romania
8 Jul 07
probably at the begining it was made from ham, but nowadays you would wonder what kind of mixture you can find in there.Lol Bon apetit!
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@Amstardam (1348)
• United States
8 Jul 07
good thing I'm a vegetarian! :)
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@GardenGerty (96763)
• Marion, Kansas
9 Jul 07
They originated as a ground meat sandwich in Hamburg Germany. Frankfurters were from a sausage served in Frankfurt, Germany. Thought he would like a bonus answer there.LOL And my hubby says that catsup in Germany is awful, and while he was there most people ate mayonnaise on their fries.So much for American fast food in the seventies.